Deficiencies of the health system are not solved only with more doctors: associations

The shortcomings and deficiencies within the Mexican health system are not resolved only with more doctors; An improvement in the infrastructure is required, improvement in the positions of all health personnel, and the assurance of the necessary supplies for the care of the Mexican population.

“Doctors are just the tip of an iceberg of the problem,” alerted thousands of doctors who are members of the Federations, Associations and Colleges of General Practitioners and Specialists, after President Andrés Manuel López Obrador decided to hire 500 Cuban specialists for the supposed denial of national doctors that they do not want to work in distant communities.

In a press conference entitled, “Being a doctor in Mexico, reflections on sufficiency,” representatives of the medical community stressed that, despite the deficient and insufficient Mexican Health Systemworkers in this sector continue to pay attention to citizens, so it is their right to demand definitive jobs, in safe areas, with adequate infrastructure and supplies and a decent salary, to carry out their work regardless of the community where they work .

Jorge Sánchez, spokesman for these groups of doctors, clarified that the health experts are not against the government, since on the contrary they have always joined the actions of the institutions for the good of the country, as happened with the arrival of the pandemic coronavirus.

However, he called for reflection on the long journey that doctors must go through to become professional, coupled with long working hours and low wages, which speaks of the service and vocation that doctors have in this country.

He stressed that the training of a specialist doctor takes an average of 10 years, going through an internship in undergraduatea social service normally carried out in a rural area, on some occasions it can receive economic support of around 1,500 pesos per month and on other occasions there is no support.

While to be a specialist doctor, a national exam is carried out, only a third of the 50,000-60,000 doctors who present it are approved, and for which there are only 17,520 places.

“We believe that there are many doctors, however, they do not have good job offers and have to work, as we know, in offices next to a pharmacy or in other trades that are not medicine,” he said.

Subsequently, Jorge Sánchez, explained that, upon admission to the specialty, the study is from 3 to 7 years minimum, where one is exclusively in a hospital between 60 and 100 hours per week, where mistreatment and deficiencies are no stranger to anyone. that resident doctors face.

“Each year, 16,500 general practitioners graduate with a good preparation to serve at the first level of care, but when they enter the labor system they find poor job offers,” he stressed.

The spokesman for this association added that the lack of training of specialists It is also due to an infrastructure problem on the part of the Ministry of Health to be able to educate these doctors, since there are no adequate facilities, teachers or rest area, where doctors can be locked up in hospitals for up to 30 hours a week.

And it is that the leaders in health matters highlighted that, given the process of training doctors, the difficulties in finding work and the conditions in which the country’s health facilities are found, for them it is a challenge, most of the times, being able to develop a specialist career.

Likewise, they highlighted that a large part of the health workers in our country must face Health Services that have become very deficient, with insufficient infrastructure and equipment, with a shortage of medicines and supplies, which “happens in the vast majority of units, not only in remote or rural communities, but also in most cities.

Meanwhile, they stressed that, like society in general, insecurity problems are a cause for concern among the medical community, which has been the victim of murders, kidnappings, and disappearances.

Finally, the health experts rejected that the medical community has a position against the hiring of doctors from other countries, as long as they go through the same processes that are required of nationals.


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